ADVANCE, MO (KFVS) - Missouri senate gives the green light to a bill that would allow schools to teach a gun safety program to students in first grade.
School leaders at Advance school district were quick to point out the bill originally required schools to participate.
After more discussions, the law makers changed the original wording. It went from required to optional.
"I just very excited about the word optional," said Stan Seiler, Advance superintendent. "Having that optional part in there even though it's a small part of the many words in the bill may be the most important part for schools."
Seiler says schools should be a reflection of the community, meaning what works at one school may not work at another.
It's each community that makes tough and sometimes controversial decisions.
"It's to begin that conversation at the very basic level about what is best for students to learn not only what they learn but when," Seiler said.
On this issue of teaching gun safety to students, the community is starting to have those conversations. Seiler said that basic level starts and ends with parents.
"Everything comes back to the parents," Joseph Gibbs, a teacher, said. "Parents are probably one of the most important parts of getting your child to learn."
Gibbs said it's pretty simple to him. He has two goals as a teacher. Every student needs to learn and feel safe.
"Anything that reinforces that and makes them feel safe, I am all for that," Gibbs said. "Anything that will re-track from that, I want nothing to do."
Regardless if the bill becomes law, this school district will decide what's best for them.
"There are those political leaders that recognize local control is extremely important," Seiler said.
Schools would also be allowed to offer a training program for teachers and other staff members.
It needs another majority vote before moving to the House.